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Pamela J Leitner

Pamela J Leitner


Pamela J. Leitner – PT, DPT, OCS

Dr. Leitner has been practicing physical therapy for over 40 years.   After working in a variety of hospital based settings and clinics throughout the area, including Centinela Sports Medicine/Kerlan Jobe Orthopedics and The Pritikin Longevity Center in Santa Monica she went into private practice focusing on orthopedic, sports medicine and manual therapy in and around the Venice/Marina del Rey area.

Dr. Leitner is very active in clinical education presenting workshops and seminars on a variety of topics in rehabilitation and Pilates throughout the Southern California area. In addition, she has contributed to numerous multimedia projects.

Blending traditional physical therapy, best current practices/research based protocols and Pilates based rehab, Dr. Leitner is uniquely qualified to guide her patients from injury or physical trauma back to their sport, fitness activity or just everyday function.  After a thorough biomechanical evaluation, Dr. Leitner will develop a specific treatment plan to help resolve muscle imbalance, restore mobility and strength and resolve pain using hands on and exercise specific approach for which she is well-known by local doctors and trainers throughout the local area.

Dr Leitner also makes Custom foot orthotics using either traditional plaster casting or computerized digital scanner.    Once the foot is molded and appropriate corrections are made, the orthotic can address pathological foot and lower extremity misalignments to resolve foot/arch pain and enhance performance whether it is for walking, running or specific sports.

EDUCATION – California State University, Long Beach, CA: Bachelor of Science Physical Therapy, 1981

Western University of Health Science, Pomona, CA: Doctorate Physical Therapy, 2005

LICENSURE / CERTIFICATION – Dept. of Consumer Affairs/Physical Therapy Board of California: Registered Physical Therapist, 1982
-American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties: Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, 1992.  Recertified 2002 and 2012
-AMFIT Custom Orthotic Outlet, 1995
-Long Beach Dance Conditioning Academy of Movement: Certified Pilates Teacher, 2000
-Pilates Method Alliance: Certified Pilates Teacher, 2006

EXPERIENCE – Dr. Leitner’s expertise is demonstrated by the focused attention that she gives each patient and the successful results that she consistently achieves in helping her patients reach their goals.

-Centinela Sports Medicine Center in conjunction with Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic: Santa Monica, CA.  Clinic Supervisor  1988-1991
-Pritikin Longevity Center: Santa Monica CA.  Consultant to Ocean View Medical Group and Exercise Physiology Dept.  1991-2001
-Mount St. Mary’s College, Physical Therapy Department: Los Angeles, CA.  Part time lecturer 1991-1995
-Cedars-Sinai Institute for Spinal Disorders: Beverly Hills, CA.  Staff Therapist  2000-2001                                         

Leitner Physical Therapy:  Independent physical therapy practice.  2001 to present

Dr. Leitner has a broad background in sports and orthopedic rehabilitation with emphasis on wellness, fitness, patient education and injury prevention. After a thorough evaluation, she will develop an individual treatment plan specifically designed to get fast results. The latest evidence based techniques and state of the art equipment are utilized. Home exercise instruction is part of every plan of care, enabling the patient to take control of their recovery.